Adib inquest: The more Zuraida talks, the deeper is the plot-hole

Is Zuraida trying to say Thomas bypassed her, kept her in the dark and spoke to her about the inquest only after calling for it, or will she now come out to admit that both she and Thomas knew of the conflict of interest Syazlin posed from day one but kept quiet about it, thinking that Syazlin would never pose a threat? Source (pic): Astro Awani

Zuraida Kamaruddin has come out to claim responsibility over the ‘sacking’ of lawyer Nor Syazlin Mansor who’s been all the buzz in media the last couple of days.

Today, Zuraidah is giving us the impression that she went ahead and appointed Syazlin without the AGC’s knowledge because she did not know of the chamber’s role in the inquest proceedings.

Previously, however, when asked if Syazlin would be replaced, she told us that Thomas was already representing government, meaning, she already knew of the AGC’s role in the inquest proceedings.

So which is which?


SUBANG JAYA: Zuraida Kamaruddin has come out to claim responsibility over the ‘sacking’ of lawyer Nor Syazlin Mansor who’s been all the buzz in media the last couple of days.

Yesterday, the Minister of Housing and Local Government put it down to an ‘oversight’ when explaining why she had to stop Syazlin from representing her ministry in the inquest to determine the cause of firefighter Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim’s death.

To recap, Adib succumbed to injuries he sustained during a riot that broke out on the 27th of November 2018 outside the Sri Maha Mariaman temple in Seafield, Subang Jaya.


Last Monday, Syazlin announced her withdrawal from the inquest a few minutes after the coroner’s court began its session before Coroner Rofiah Mohamad.

It was later confirmed by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad that the lawyer was told to back off by Attorney General Tommy Thomas.

Thomas later claimed that the reason he did so was because Syazlin posed a conflict of interest in the inquest due to her representation of Adib’s family.

But something does not add up.

On Wednesday, Thomas claimed that Syazlin had contradicted the positions several Deputy Public Prosecutors (DPP) took during the inquest and had therefore caused embarrassment to the ministry she represented.

The AG referred to the DPPs as ‘his’ officers and claimed they were performing their “traditional role as counsel assisting the coroner.”

According to him, it was they who informed him that Syazlin had taken an active part in the inquest and had often contradicted their positions.

After five months?

Are we supposed to believe that in those five months, Thomas did not keep a tab on the goings on in the inquest, wasn’t made aware by the coroner’s court of Syazlin’s appointment and was never furnished updates and (or) reports by the DPPs?

Not even by Zuraidah?

So what’s the point of Thomas being “the principal legal advisor to government” if nobody is going to furnish him with details or keep him abreast of cases he himself initiates or those with repercussions as import as the ones posed by Adib’s death?

It was the Attorney General’s Chambers (AGC) that filed a case document at the Shah Alam Court Complex to seek an inquest into the firefighter’s death.

Was that not a clear-enough indicator to Zuraida that Thomas was responsible for the inquest and that his chambers needed to be kept abreast of everything that went on?

Today, Zuraidah is giving us the impression that she went ahead and appointed Syazlin without the AGC’s knowledge because she did not know of the chamber’s role in the inquest proceedings.

Previously, however, when asked if Syazlin would be replaced, she told us that Thomas was already representing government, meaning, she already knew of the AGC’s role in the inquest proceedings.

So which is which?

Is Zuraida trying to say Thomas bypassed her, kept her in the dark and spoke to her about the inquest only after calling for it, or will she now come out to admit that both she and Thomas knew of the conflict of interest Syazlin posed from day one but kept quiet about it, thinking that Syazlin would never pose a threat?

And what about the conflict of interest Thomas poses?

Did he not represent a developer that just so happens to own the land on which the Sri Maha Mariaman temple now sits?

What about his role as “principal legal advisor to government?”

Would that not pose an obstacle given that another member of the same government, Waytha Moorthy, stands accused of having uttered racial slurs that catalysed the temple riot to a point that could have led to Adib’s death?

What’s stopping Thomas from protecting Waytha anyway?

THE THIRD FORCE

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